Information about Parking in Glasgow
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Voted the friendliest city in the world, Glasgow is a vibrant city bursting with character. With a legendary music scene, stunning architecture, and world-class culinary offerings, Scotland’s largest city has plenty to offer to locals and visitors alike.
As with any other major city, parking in Glasgow can be difficult to navigate.
With an ever-evolving range of restrictions in place, it is recommended that drivers investigate their parking options in advance before driving into the city.
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Glasgow Parking Statistics
4.7 out of 5 stars
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Parking in Glasgow
There are three schemes predominantly used by officials to control parking in Glasgow:
Controlled parking zones: these are shared use parking bays which are normally highlighted by signs and yellow lines.
In order to park in these zones, residents and local businesses are required to buy special permits. Visitors can purchase a ticket or buy parking time via the app RingGo.
Restricted parking zones: it operates in a similar way to controlled parking but restrictions are highlighted by entry signage rather than yellow lines.
Event day parking zones: residents and businesses are provided with permits in order to park as they would on a non-event day.
Glasgow Park and Ride
Glasgow has 5 Park and Ride locations: three are subway based and two are away from the city centre in Halbeath and Kincardine:
- Bridge Street: Subway-based, 159 parking spaces
- Kelvinbridge: Subway-based, 150 parking spaces
- Shields Road: Subway-based, 800 parking spaces
- Kincardine: Bus-based, 67 parking spaces
- Halbeath: Bus-based, 1021 parking spaces
Glasgow Airport parking
Glasgow Airport offers a range of parking options on-site, including long-stay, short-stay, fast-track, and pick-up parking.
Parking at Glasgow Airport can be expensive, and as such, travellers and airport employees like to use alternative options for airport parking.
A popular solution is using Park and Ride services. Travellers park their cars and use a shuttle service to complete the journey to the airport. The shuttle ride normally takes about 5 minutes. The most popular services are Direct Parking Glasgow and Flying Scot Parking Glasgow.
Alternatively, you can browse the options available at YourParkingSpace. We have short term and long term options available within easy access to the airport.
Parking in Central Glasgow
Parking in Glasgow City Centre requires some advance planning.
Street parking is mostly restricted meaning that you will either need a special permit or pay a premium price for your parking.
Below is a list of some of the most popular parking solutions for those driving to Glasgow City Centre:
Park and Ride
A convenient option for commuters is to use the Park and Ride services at the Shields Road and Kelvinbridge Subway stations.
Motorists can drive to the station, park their cars, and then switch to public transport to finish off their journey.
The Subway offers a Park and Ride all-day tickets, including a return journey, for £5. Smartcard holders can also take advantage of weekly, monthly and annual tickets.
City Parking LLP is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Glasgow City Council and operates 7 multi-storey and 9 pay and display car parks across the city.
With over 6500 public car park spaces, they are the largest parking provider in the city.
Cashless parking is available via RingGo at all of their surface pay and display car parks. Charges start from £1.80 per hour.
Visit City Parking Glasgow for a full list of locations and prices.
NCP Car Parks
NCP offers 6 car parks throughout Glasgow, including options close to Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow Central Station and the University of Strathclyde.
The full location list is here.
Do you travel to Glasgow City centre for work? We can help make the dreaded commute a bit easier.
YourParkingSpace offers long-term and short-term off-street parking in Glasgow City Centre. Download our free app for iOS and Apple and browse through our options, including driveways and lock-up garages.
Glasgow has plenty to explore and is considered one of the most vibrant small cities in Europe. Highlights include the Glasgow Cathedral and the GoMA, Scotland’s most visited art gallery.
The Princes Square Shopping Centre is a premier retail outlet that is well worth a visit, and on the East End, you will find a popular weekend market, nicknamed ‘the Barras’.
When the sun goes down, the city comes to life, with a vibrant restaurant and bar scene that has something for everyone.
Planning a night out in Glasgow? Find convenient parking with YourParkingSpace within walking distance of the city’s main theatres and cinemas.
The Subway is the easiest way to get around Glasgow. Services run every 5 minutes at peak times and tickets start from £1.40.
You can get a Subway Smartcard, which offers discounted fares.
Download the Glasgow Subway map.
Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow by rail to the South, with Glasgow Queen Street Station operating routes mainly to Edinburgh & the North.
Visit the ScotRail website for all routes and timetables.
First Bus Glasgow operates over 100 routes across the city.
Disabled Parking in Glasgow
The Blue Badge scheme is for people with severe mobility problems or those who are registered blind. Blue Badge holders can park free and for any length of time at on-street pay and display areas.
A Blue Badge is valid for three years and costs £20.
Electric vehicle charging stations are available at several locations in Glasgow. A network of all electric vehicle charging points can be found on the government's Go Ultra low website.
Overnight, Weekends & Bank Holidays
As of June 2019, motorists in Glasgow have to pay to use street parking bays on Sundays, which were previously available free of charge.
The move was announced by the council in a bid to battle congestion.
There’s no need to panic, however, as many of the multi-storey carparks run by City Parking offer discounted rates overnight and during weekends.
All car parks below offer an overnight Flat Rate of £4.00 (Mon-Sun 6pm-8am) and a Sunday Flat Rate of £5.00 (8am-6pm)
- Cadogan Square Car Park
- Cambridge Street Car Park
- Charing Cross Car Park
- Duke Street Car Park
- Concert Square Car Park
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Is there parking available at Mandors Glasgow?
Sauchiehall Street has now re-opened to vehicular traffic and you can reach Mandors Glasgow by car. Parking meters are available nearby.
Where can I find free parking in Glasgow?
There are limited free parking spaces around Subway stations Partick, Govan and Ibrox, but these in high demand and limited to a 2-hour stay.
How do I register for the RingGo cashless system?
To register or find out more visit the RingGo - Cashless Parking page.
Do I need to apply for a Blue Badge to park in a disabled parking bay?
Yes, you do. Remember to always display your Blue Badge clearly to avoid hefty fines.
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Latest Glasgow parking reviews
Easy, convenient, owner was helpful - would definitely recommend,Richard
Easy to find and locate a parking space. Didn't experience having to go to reception to validate a ticket like others have said because the barriers were up and the ticket machine didn't seem to be working.Kelly
Easy loads of space fair priceDavid
A handy wee parking space I didn't even know existed and will definitely use again in future. Only complaint would be the bays are not well marked and I was a little concerned that I would get blocked (which I didn't thankfully!)Laura
Parked during the day midweek for a few hours. Cheap as chips and a mere 5 minute walk to the city centre. Ideal and will definitely use again anytime I'm heading into Glasgow city centre. I have a high roof Transit van and there are no height restrictions unlike a lot of city car parks.Patrick
Great no hassle parking, would have got a five ⭐ had the surface been a little more level, will use again though, thanQPaul